June 2009

  • Summer Associates

    We Know Where the HLS 2L Worked This Summer
    Ex-summer associate cites visa dispute.

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  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.30.09

    * The Cuban embargo has to be close to its end. I can’t wait to gamble gambol through Havana. [Transracial] * The Chairman of the Bar Council of India received a lot of criticism for disparaging lawyers who bill a lot of hours to “work like a clerk.” [Legally India] * Is Obama ready to […]

    11 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM
  • Job Searches

    UT Law Provides More Evidence That Rising 3Ls are in Trouble

    Rising 3Ls at the University of Texas School of Law received a rather matter-of-fact message from their career services office: OCI Process Overview Employer registration closes July 1, 2009. The number of scheduled interview rooms is down overall from last year, with a drop of about 45 percent for employers seeking 3Ls. That’s not so […]

    89 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM
  • Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Farewell, Dean Sargent
    ‘Peanut Girl’ dean resigns at Villanova.

    We’re getting very close to having 100 U.S. Senators. The AP reports: The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state’s long-running Senate race. The state’s top court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling. Minnesota […]

    76 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 2:14 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Weil Gotshal Closes Its Austin Office

    Since the recession hit the American economy with full force, Weil Gotshal has received some very high profile work. But it is not immune from the economic problems within the legal industry. The firm recently fired nearly 80 staffers, and in March the firm deferred some of its incoming first years until 2011. Today brings […]

    61 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM
  • Gender, Nude Dancing, Sexism, Summer Associates

    A Stripped-Down Summer Associate Event at Cadwalader

    Summer associates have landed at offices across the nation. They’re working harder this year, even if some of the work is fake, and they’re eating out less often. But the Biglaw recruits are still having fun — sometimes too much fun. We’ve been asking you about the big events for this year’s summers — concerts, […]

    285 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM
  • Summer Associates

    We Know What You Did Harvard Summer
    (Or: A summer associate fired, and it’s not even July.)

    American Lawyer has released its A-List for 2009. The rankings try to measure the qualities that make an elite law firm: This list, which we launched in 2003, aims to measure and quantify the qualities that define an elite law firm, making an effort to look beyond profits. We examine four factors: revenue per lawyer, […]

    100 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 11:06 AM
  • SCOTUS, Sports

    Sports And The Law: SCOTUS Grants Cert In American Needle v. NFL

    Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case American Needle v. National Football League (pdf, p.3) for purposes of determining whether the NFL clubs’ collective licensing of individual club trademarks is exempt from antitrust scrutiny under the single entity defense. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear this case was likely influenced by the […]

    54 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.30.09

    * Mission Accomplished? [CNN] * Doesn’t “Velvet Revolution” sound like a musical band, instead of a collection of angry lawyers administering vigilante justice? [The Blog of the Legal Times] * Mayoral control of New York City schools could end tonight if the New York State Senate doesn’t act. But hey, politicians acting like children can’t […]

    25 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 9:09 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.29.09

    * Maybe commenters should stop hiding behind anonymity? [What About Clients?] * In case you are wondering, I am not the only one pondering whether or not Bernie Madoff can make it in prison. [Dealbreaker] * Here’s a little free help from LexisNexis. This reminds me of the brilliant Scooner Tuna solution at the end […]

    65 Comments / / Jun 29, 2009 at 5:33 PM
  • Biglaw, Howrey LLP, Legal Apprentice

    Screening ‘BigLaw Apprentice’ at Law Firms

    First years to 100K and an “apprenticeship”? In the past two months, we’ve reported on three firms instituting an apprenticeship model for first year associates: Drinker Biddle, Howrey, and Frost Brown Todd. “Apprentices” start at the firm at a lower salary and are not billed out to clients, billed out at a lower rate than […]

    79 Comments / / Jun 29, 2009 at 4:39 PM
  • Biglaw, Charlotte

    Law Jobs in Charlotte! Kind Of!

    Oh Charlotte. Oh Queen City. My how global economic crisis denuded your legal industry. Maybe it is time for a comeback? The Charlotte Observer reports that a legal services firm is poised to hire 100 Charlotte based attorneys: Unfortunately, we’re talking about document review attorneys: DiscoverReady, which analyzes e-mails and electronic documents for law firms […]

    69 Comments / / Jun 29, 2009 at 3:23 PM
  • Law School Deans, Law Schools

    DePaul College of Law: Dean v. Provost Heats Up, ABA Stays Quiet

    As we have previously reported, DePaul College of Law Dean, Glen Weissenberger was ousted after he sent a letter to the ABA as part of the school’s accreditation review. At first blush, it looked like a university politics fight between Dean Weissenberger and DePaul University Provost, Helmut Epp. But now it appears that the acrimony […]

    29 Comments / / Jun 29, 2009 at 2:15 PM
  • Deferral Stipend, Start Dates

    Pillsbury Incoming Associates Still Waiting to Hear When They Can Start

    Back in May, we reported that Pillsbury Winthrop wanted some of its incoming first year associates to defer until January 2010, some to defer until 2011, and others to take $60,000 to go away entirely. The firm couched all of these options as “voluntary.” But notwithstanding the firm’s choice of language, we reported that Pillsbury […]

    182 Comments / / Jun 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM
  • Bernie Madoff, Crime, Sentencing Law, Wall Street, White-Collar Crime

    Breaking: Madoff Sentenced to 150 Years

    Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years. Judge Denny Chin said that the sentence was necessary to deter other people from entering into these kinds of schemes. The Judge apparently said that he was struck that there was no letter written in support of Bernie Madoff. On the other hand, the judge received 141 […]

    72 Comments / / Jun 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM
  • SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor

    Breaking: SCOTUS Rules In Favor of New Haven Firefighters

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided Ricci v. DeStefano today. The breaking news coming off of the television is that the Court reversed the Second Circuit and ruled in favor of the New Haven firefighters. Judge Sonia Sotomayor was on that panel, so her reversal rate just went up. Here’s the opinion from the Court via […]

    411 Comments / / Jun 29, 2009 at 10:07 AM